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20 Kashmiri youth in PoK recommended for return to J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir government has recommended cases of 20 Kashmiri militants operating in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to return to their homes in the state under Cross-LoC surrender and rehabilitation policy.



Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government
has recommended cases of 20 Kashmiri militants operating in
Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to return to their homes in
the state under Cross-LoC surrender and rehabilitation policy.

"We have cleared the cases of 20 persons. The names
have been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for further follow up,"
State Home Commissioner, B R Sharma said.

"The committee has recommended that they should be
given benefit of the (surrender and rehabilitation) policy,"
Sharma said.

Vetted by the Union Home Ministry, the Jammu and
Kashmir government formally announced and issued the procedure
of implementation of the surrender and rehabilitation policy
on November 23 last year.
The policy intends to facilitate the return of
ex-militants who belong to Jammu and Kashmir and had crossed
over to PoK or Pakistan for arms and explosive training but
had later given up militant activities due to change of heart
and are willing to return to the state.

A high level panel comprising Financial Commissioner
(Home) as its Chairman, DGP, ADGP CID, Principal Secretary Law
department, Zonal IGPs and Joint Secretary Ministry of Home
Affair (MHA) (Kashmir wing) met in Srinagar and approved 20
cases of Kashmiri youth for return to their homes in the
Valley under the policy.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on
Monday had said the government has received nearly 700
applications from local militants in Pakistan occupied
Kashmir, who want to renounce violence and join the
mainstream.

"This is a process. We have received 175 cases, which
are with different organisation. 20 cases have been cleared
for MHA and MEA," he said.
"The rest of the cases would also get clearance as
after every 15 days meetings are being held by the panel for
clearance," the State Home Commissioner said.

Out of nearly 700 applications received by various
District SPs in Jammu and Kashmir, 125 cases have been
recommended by various authorities after giving their
approval to the high level panel of the state government.

An estimated 1,300 youths from various parts of the
state are in PoK and most of them have expressed their desire
to return.

These application, which are in the petition form as
prescribed in the State Home Department notification on
surrender and rehabilitation policy guidelines, have been
filed with police chiefs of various districts in the state.

"Those who have gone to PoK/Pakistan between 1.1.1989
and 31.12.2009 and their dependents will be eligible for
consideration under the policy," the policy had said.

The District Superintendent of Police of concerned
district, where the prospective returnees normally resides
before crossing over to Pok/Pak would be the designated
authority to whom the parents or close relatives of the
prospective returnees or in exception circumstances, the
prospective returnee himself may apply in the prescribed
proforma.

PTI

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